Child Youth and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Science Option

The human development and family science option prepares you to work with children, families, and communities in a variety of settings. Gain knowledge and intervention skills that will assist you in helping to prevent and remedy interpersonal problems experienced by individuals in their family relationships, building on the family’s strengths. This program will also prepare you for graduate school in the areas of family therapy, social work, counseling, psychology, law or additional disciplines.

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Program Features

Hands-On Learning

Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and gain practical experience through an internship, which is required in this program. Students have completed internships with organizations such as Community Action Partnership/Headstart, Syracuse Area Health and Hope Hits Harder Cancer Foundation.

Personalize Your Experience

Tailor the program to your interests and career path through elective courses which make up more than half of the required degree credits for the program.

Research Opportunities

Conduct purposeful research alongside expert faculty. CEHS students have conducted research at on-campus facilities such as the Family Resource Center and Child Development Laboratory.

Student Organizations

Develop your professional networks and interact with peers who have similar interests by joining a recognized student organization such as the Family Science Organization.

Notable Courses

CYAF 160 Human Development and the Family

Each stage of life studied from the perspective of how individual development is fostered within the family system.

CYAF 222 Introduction to Family Finance

Individual and family financial planning. Emphasis on financial planning for families in the early life cycle.

CYAF 285 Dating and Couple Relationships

The complexities of dating and diverse couple relationships from both developmental and family systems perspectives.

CYAF 458 Family stress and Crisis, Coping and Recovery

Normative and non-normative family stressors (e.g. violence, economic conditions, war and political conflict, natural disasters) and how they affect family functioning.

CYAF 497D Community Internship

Fieldwork in agencies serving children, youth, families and communities.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • UNL Family Resource Center
  • Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory
  • The Malone Center
  • Nebraska Extension


  • Family Support Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Foster Care Specialist
  • Extension Educator
  • Consumer Affairs Specialist

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Family and Community Services, Nebraska - Online
  • M.S. Human and Family Services Administration, Nebraska - Online
  • M.S. Child, Youth and Family Studies, Nebraska

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Human Development and Family Science option within the Child, Youth and Family Studies major, contact us.

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Contact Name
Dijon DeLaPorte
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment